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Hinesville Police blotter

Recent reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:

Oct. 5
Theft by deception, attempted fraud — A Flowers Drive resident reported she tried to buy a teacup Pomeranian and sent $250 to a Virginia Beach address. That was supposed to cover transportation. She became suspicious, however, when she was told to pay $910 for an air-conditioned crate in which to ship the dog. The case was turned over to detectives.

Identity theft — A Kelly Drive resident reported that more than $900 had been taken out of his checking account. He said bank records showed a check-cashing service had taken out the money. He couldn’t remember the name of the service. He believed his ex-wife may have used his Social Security number to get access to the account.

Civil matter — A landlord said a tenant of a Windhaven Drive residence owed him three months’ rent, more than $3,000. She had paid $100 and wrote a $700 check, but it bounced. He said he had obtained eviction approval and the woman had been served, but had filed for an extension, and a new hearing was set for Oct. 13. The reporting officer provided the landlord with a case number and told how to get a copy of the report.

Oct. 4
Cruelty to an animal — A Waverly Court resident reported that someone shot her cat with a BB gun while she was away from 6-7 p.m. The officer noted that the cat had been bleeding and saw the BB that the woman said she had found under the cat’s skin.

Oct. 2
Theft by taking — A couple on Cassidy Lane reported the theft of a push lawn mower from their yard while they were a work. They were unable to provide a model or serial number of the machine.

Visible emissions, suspended license — An officer stopped a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero because of the smoke coming out of the exhaust. Upon investigation, the officer learned the driver’s license had been suspended twice before. However, he allowed her to go home because it was close, she was pregnant and had a 2-year-old in the car with her and knew of no one to pick the child up. The officer told her to report to HPD the next day for processing.

Oct. 1
Suspicious acts — Liberty Regional Medical Center employees called in officers after a 17-year-old and her purported guardian had come in for treatment of a lump on the teen’s breast. They left before being seen. Officers were able to contact the guardian later and she said they left because the teen could not be treated without parental consent. But, she said, the teen had left her mother’s home because of physical and mental abuse. The mother said her daughter has mental issues and had left her home in June with the other woman. The mother said the other woman and her husband have convinced her daughter to go off her medicine, saying it was used to control the teen. The mother also said the other woman has harassed her, attempted to get custody of the teen and is trying to gain financially by having the teen. She said she didn’t give the hospital consent to treat her daughter because she wasn’t sure it was a legitimate call.

Stalking — A Kelly Drive woman told officers she was walking her dog near her home when she got a call from a man who identified himself as “Jack,” who had a Hispanic accent. “Jack” knew her name, said she had a nice dog and identified the clothes she was wearing. He also said he knew where she lived. She went home and called her husband, who told her to call police. She tried calling the number back, but it had been disconnected. An online search listed the number as a “California scam.” The officers rode the area, but didn’t see how she would have been spied upon.

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